Community - September 1, 2010

Andy Garcia memorial run set for Labor Day

The ninth annual Andy Garcia Memorial 5K Run-Walk-Bike event takes off on Labor Day, Sept. 6, from Triangle Park in Portola Valley.

The run commemorates the birthday (Aug. 28) of Mr. Garcia, who lost his life in the United Airlines Flight 93 crash on Sept. 11, 2001, in Pennsylvania. This would have been his 71st birthday.

The run starts at 9 a.m. at Triangle Park, the intersection of Alpine and Portola roads, and finishes at the park.

There will be a free pancake breakfast at the park following the race. There is no charge to take part in the run.

"Our hope is to honor and remember, not only my dad, but all the passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93," says Mr. Garcia's daughter, Kelly Garcia Arrillaga.

Ms. Arrillaga reports that construction is under way on the national Flight 93 Memorial, located at the crash site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The memorial will be dedicated next year on the tenth annual observance of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The memorial will include a 1,000-foot-long viewing plaza that will surround and protect the crash site, which will be left undisturbed. A wall engraved with each of the 40 passengers' and crewmembers' names will be located at the end of the plaza.

Flight 93 Memorial is a national memorial within the National Parks system. The National Park Service will be the permanent steward for the memorial, says Ms. Arrillaga.


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